By MARLO BARNHART
Alluding to "unusual family dynamics," Washington County Circuit Judge John H. McDowell postponed sentencing Thursday for a 22-year-old Hagerstown man who pleaded guilty to sexual abuse of his half sister, seven years his junior.
The man, whose name is being withheld to protect the identity of his 15-year-old half sister, pleaded guilty to sexual child abuse, which carries a maximum possible penalty of 15 years in prison.
He was ordered back to jail while a pre-sentence investigation is being prepared.
In exchange for the plea, two counts of second-degree rape, third-degree sex offense and battery were dropped.
The incidents occurred March 31-April 1 at the home the two share with other family members, according to Deputy State's Attorney Charles Strong.